This week in Winning Post

The Melbourne Cup might stop the nation, but it's usually the Cox Plate that decides which galloper is the nation's best.

This year, however, the weight-for-age championship of Australasia looms as more of a coronation than a decider.

Winx is out for her 22nd consecutive win, and to match the mighty Kingston Town with a third straight Cox Plate.

She won the 2015 Cox Plate by 4¾ lengths at a retrospectively generous $4.60. Last year, when many observers regarded Hartnell as a legitimate danger, Winx started at $1.80.

This Saturday, having seen off her local rivals with some of the most blistering sectionals we've seen in weight-for-age racing, she will start at "Winx odds".

Can a foreign raider give her a run for her money? We'll find out on Saturday, but you'd think it's unlikely.

The Cox Plate takes centre stage on a huge weekend of racing that kicks off on Friday night with the Manikato Stakes.

Winning Post has got you covered from Friday right through to Sunday, where the Victorian carnival rolls on to Sale and Hamilton in the east and west of the state respectively for their cup days.

Our form coverage kicks off on Friday with full form guides for Moonee Valley, the accompanying Canterbury night meeting and Echuca by day plus fields, colours and selections for Scone, Bathurst, Gatton and Port Lincoln.

The metro racing this Saturday is at Moonee Valley  in Melbourne, Randwick in Sydney, Morphettville in Adelaide, Doomben in Brisbane and Ascot in Perth.

Winning Post carries full-colour liftout guides for all those meetings plus Yarra Valley (Vic/SA/Tas edition), Kembla Grange (NSW edition) and Gold Coast (Queensland edition), as well as fields, tips, ratings and/or colours for other TAB Saturday cards.

On Sunday we've got liftout formguides for four more TAB meetings plus fields, ratings, tips and colours for a stack more Sunday and Monday programs.

Don't forget Winning Post now carries trackwork reports for all four Melbourne training tracks, all three in Sydney, Morphettville in Adelaide and a general Brisbane report.

Away from the form, we've got news columns from Queensland, NSW, six Victorian districts, SA and Tasmania.

Our readers have their say on page 4, while further back in the book Shane Templeton reminisces, Paul Richards presents his unique take on the sport, Tony Kneebone brings you his Snippets column and Number Cruncher delivers the stats that matter.

And our latest recruit, respected scribe Matt Stewart, is already ruffling plenty of feathers.

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Inside Winning Post October 28 edition you'll find liftout form guides for:
Friday:
Racing.com Park (night), Warrnambool, Taree
Saturday:
Caulfield, Randwick, Morphettville, Doomben, Ascot, Bendigo (Vic/SA/Tas edition), Newcastle (NSW edition), Gold Coast (Qld edition)
Sunday:
Seymour, Mornington, Wyong, Sunshine Coast
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Eye Catchers
Each week Paul Richards identifies horses from recent race meetings that he believes are ready to win. Here we update you when they are about to have their next start.
Murray Bridge Friday - R9 N12 Federosa 9th
Royal Randwick Saturday - R2 N1 Sambro 3rd
Caulfield Saturday - R6 N4 Tashbeeh 8th
Caulfield Saturday - R9 N17 Petition 4th
Results
Letter of the Week

Original and best

Gosh. My letter (14/10) re Royal Randwick being Australia’s racing HQ sure seems to have startled the horses! In fact it has drawn out a few defensive and fractious parochialists!
Granted, Randwick has only held the “Royal” designation since formally conferred by Her Majesty the Queen in February 1992. But, while that is nice and points to class that Melbourne cannot match in racing, it does not back up my “HQ” claims as well as history itself.
Records show that racing in Australia was established in Sydney as early as 1810, by visiting officers of Governor Macquarie’s 73rd Regiment. In contrast, there were no formal racing events in Melbourne until 1838 — playing catch-up after 28 years!
The Australian Turf Club has its HQ at Royal Randwick — not Melbourne.
By contrast, the VRC didn’t formally race until 1864, 22 years after the then Australian Jockey Club first raced at Homebush. Again — catch-up.
Now this could go on, and I do thank those respondents Leigh, Dale and Mitch for their friendly retorting banter, but history speaks more strongly than populism.
Melbourne has enjoyed a cup or two, and a bit of a plate here and there, but the real strength of Australian racing has always been at HQ Sydney. Local HQ will always exist in each state, but there can only ever be one true racing HQ — that class venue, Royal Randwick.
In racing, there is no resting on one’s laurels. The Everest (1200m) is now Australia’s richest race on turf in this country — indeed, in the entire world. And what a roaring success it is. Punting and attendance records smashed!
Must be hard to see that Sydney has stolen a march on Melbourne again, but rather than grind the teeth and get antsy, why not see what can be done to “catch up” to Sydney again — it’s a well polished route!

Ivan Ballin
Newcastle (NSW)
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